THE MYSTERIOUS RED TAPE GANG by Joan Lowery Nixon

THE MYSTERIOUS RED TAPE GANG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is one of those fast reading trifles that summer readers consume at the rate of three or so a day--where a neighborhood gang of children habitually sneak out to their clubhouse at midnight (eleven here) and end up dodging police and crooks as well as parents; where one persistent girl is reluctantly admitted, then at last really accepted, into the gang; where for one reason or another the hero is unable to tell his parents about the illegal activity he spies out just around the corner. Here it is the respectable father of the girl, Linda Jean, who is involved in a car theft racket, and the club members conspire to ""help"" him turn state's evidence. That's about what does happen, with a vacant house, threatening notes and gunmen for excitement and for humor scenes like the one where ""It sure looked funny with those two guys all dripping wet slowly going ker-thump, ker-thump down the street in a car with four flat tires.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1974
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Putnam